Moving from one dwelling to another is a lot of work. You have to make sure you tie up all the loose ends. Moving out of state is an even bigger challenge. This large task shouldn’t be undertaken without a moving out of state checklist. You have to do all of the work you would do if you where moving in state and you have to arrange for many things that are state specific like insurances and driver’s licenses. Before moving out you want to make sure to have a good moving out of state checklist.
One to two months before you move
- Get a folder or notebook to keep all of your moving information in one place.
- Take an inventory of all the stuff you will be moving out of state.
- Decide if you can leave some of the stuff behind instead of moving it.
- Will you be moving a car across country and out of the state? If so, you will need to notify your auto insurance company.
- Once you have the list of things you want to move, you must determine how you will move it. If you are going to ship, see our resource on shipping stuff. Also check out our resources on renting a cargo van, truck, car, or trailer
- Setup a moving budget.
- If you have children that attend school, you will need to check with their present school for the best day to end their school work and their new school for the best day to start. Does the new state require certain documentation to enter school?
- Make arrangements for where you are going to live when you move.
- Notify everyone that needs to know you are moving; family, friends, landlord, and boss.
- Do you need to give a notice at work before moving?
- Look into the terms of your rental agreement to see how much notice is required before moving.
- If you own a house, are you going sell it or rent it?
- Register your move with the post office so your mail will be sent to your new address.
- Schedule to have all of your utilities turned off.
- Locate essential caregivers, such as, doctors in your new town.
- Buy boxes and moving supplies.
Tip: You should look at your own set of needs and modify the moving out of state checklist to make sure you have covered everything.
A few weeks before you move
- Start packing everything
- Get all travel plans in order
- Have a garage sale to sell of the things you are not taking. Donate what is left over.
- Inquire with your bank and any other financial institutions about changing your address.
- Make sure you prepare a box or two with the things you will need while you are moving; like clothes, shampoo, toothpaste, and such.
- Return anything you have borrowed.
Tip: Make copies of your moving out of state checklist for all of your household members so they are on the same page as you.
The day of the move
- Your house or apartment should be clean by now. Make sure to check every place you can think of so you don’t leave anything behind
- If you are using a moving company, make sure they use good moving blankets.
After the move
- Contact the your new state to establish residence and get your new driver’s license.
- Make sure you find the hospital and fire station closest to you.
- Have fun investigating your new city and state.
This is by no means an exhaustive moving out of state checklist, but it is a good place to start. When my family was forced to move out of our home due to a hurricane, we were not able to make the necessary arrangements. We move to another state and were unprepared. When we moved the next time, we prepared and followed a checklist like this one. It made a word of difference. When you’re finished with your moving out of state checklist, pass it on to a friend.